Reign suffer first loss.

The Reign lose, 4-1 at the Orleans Arena, but it’s not clear who suffered more in a game featuring TWENTY-NINE penalties.

Perhaps the answer is Las Vegas defenseman Gerard Miller, who was hit with a match misconduct penalty for fighting with Dusty Collins at 9:59 of the third period. It’s not clear why the match penalty was assessed on top of the 5-minute fighting major (I’ll follow up tomorrow) but regardless, it sets up a potentially heated home opener Saturday night between the same teams at Citizens Business Bank Arena.

Backup John Murray got his first start of the season in the middle edition of three games in as many days; expect Jeff Zatkoff to get the call Saturday night. Murray stopped 21 of 24 shots and was outshined by Vegas No. 1 Martin Houle, who also started last night. But Murray couldn’t be blamed for the Reign getting outshot, 33-16.

Jon Francisco had the only goal for the Reign, his second of the season.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.